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OJJDP News @ A Glance
September | October 2009

printer friendly version button   Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  ·  Jeff Slowikowski, Acting Administrator
New Publications

All OJJDP publications may be viewed on and downloaded from the publications section of the OJJDP Web site. Print publications also may be ordered online at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Web site.

Now Available

America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-BeingAmerica's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009 (Report)

This Report provides annual updates on the well-being of children and families in the United States across a range of domains. This compendium of indicators illustrating both the promises and the difficulties confronting our Nation's young people presents 40 key indicators on important aspects of children's lives. These indicators are easily understood by broad audiences, objectively based on substantial research, balanced so that no single area of children's lives dominates the report, measured regularly so that they can be updated to show trends over time, and representative of large segments of the population rather than one particular group. To order a printed copy, visit the NCJRS Web site.

Children's Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National SurveyChildren's Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey (Bulletin)

This Bulletin describes the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV), a nationwide survey of the incidence and prevalence of children's exposure to violence. NatSCEV estimated both past-year and lifetime exposure to violence across a number of categories, including physical assault, bullying, sexual victimization, child maltreatment, dating violence, and witnessed and indirect victimization. The NatSCEV study showed high levels of exposure to violence among a nationally representative sample of youth. More than three in five reported being direct or indirect victims of violence in the past year, and of those, nearly two-thirds were victimized more than once. For more information, see story, "Department of Justice Releases OJJDP Bulletin Summarizing Survey Results on Children’s Exposure to Violence." To order a printed copy, visit the NCJRS Web site.

Reducing Disproportionate Minority Contact: Preparation at the Local LevelReducing Disproportionate Minority Contact: Preparation at the Local Level (DMC Bulletin)

Disproportionate minority contact (DMC) refers to the disproportionate representation of minority youth in the juvenile justice system. A companion to the latest edition of OJJDP's Disproportionate Minority Contact Technical Assistance Manual, this Bulletin describes strategies that States and communities can use to reduce DMC. In addition to useful "how to" information (including a six-step preparation process) drawn from the manual, the Bulletin presents important background on the context in which local preparation takes place—media coverage and public attitudes about crime, race, and youth. Preparation at the local level is critical to understanding the roles, values, priorities, and joint missions of local stakeholders as they begin to reduce DMC. To order a printed copy, visit the NCJRS Web site.